Developer Niantic released a patch for their augmented reality monster catching game Pokémon Go. The update includes a number of safety reminders to the game (like not driving while playing), but a number of quality-of-life changes are also present.
Such changes include the ability to change your nickname, and battery saver fixes for iOS users. What isn’t mentioned in the patch notes (but was picked up on by GameSpot) is a change to the “Nearby” feature, which has been replaced by “Sightings.”
Pokemon Go August 8 Patch Notes:
- Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed. Trainers must confirm they are not driving in order to continue playing.
- Made improvements to the accuracy of a curveball throw
- Fixed a bug that prevented ”Nice,” ”Great,” and “Excellent” Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate XP bonuses.
- Fixed achievements showing incorrect Medal icons.
- Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time. Please choose your new nickname wisely.
- Resolved issues with the battery saver mode on iOS and re-enabled the feature.
- Added visuals of Team Leaders Candela, Blanche, and Spark.
- We’re currently testing a variation of the “Nearby Pokémon” feature with a subset of users. During this period you may see some variation in the nearby Pokémon UI.
- Minor text fixes